On Thursday, while I was online paying a pending toll for the Northern Motorway, a tornado hit West Auckland. Three people were killed, many housed seriously damaged, trees were uprooted. The previous Saturday had been such a lovely day though. We went to Goat Island and rented a kayak with a glass bottom from a guy who looked a bit like Peter Pettigrew. Huge snappers. I still have a narrow sunburn on my shin, where I hadn’t put enough SPF. We drove past the neighbourhoods that went destroyed, sunglasses and all, it was summer.